Philip Shaw from Philip Shaw Wines

Philip Shaw from Philip Shaw Wines

Philip Shaw Wines, Koomooloo Vineyard – Orange NSW, Australia. A  dream in the making for the last 50 years. Philip Shaw is recognised as one of the world’s leading winemakers. He’s twice been awarded the coveted Winemaker of the Year award at the London International Wine and Spirit Competition (1986 and 2000), received the Qantas Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine’s accolade for Australian Winemaker of the Year (1999) and received the Graham Gregory Trophy for his outstanding contribution to the Australian wine industry (2000). Philip started making wine using the bathtub and lemonade bottles at age 12, started his winemaking career at age 15 at wineries in the Adelaide region and by age 24 was head winemaker at Lindemans Karadoc. Ten years later he became Head of Production / Winemaking for Rosemount and Southcorp Wines, and the rest as they say is history. During his time at Rosemount Philip established his own vineyard in the Orange region in 1989. He had been searching Australia for years to find the best site in an emerging wine-growing region to make exceptional wines with flavour and finesse.  The opportunity to pioneer and champion the Orange wine-growing region greatly appealed to Philip, and his belief in the region has been backed by numerous international awards. Philip Shaw Wines are sourced entirely from the winery’s Koomooloo Vineyard in Orange. The cool climate vineyard rises to an altitude of 900m (2,950 feet), making it one of the highest vineyards in Australia. Philip’s philosophy is: “Every wine should be placed on its own canvas and not replicate others. You should be guiding the direction of the wine not controlling...
Justin Jarrett from See Saw Wines

Justin Jarrett from See Saw Wines

Justin Jarrett is a pioneer of the Orange viticulture industry and proud owner of See Saw Wine. Born in Canberra, he then moved to Young to run a geese farm and grow cherries. In 1991, he moved to Orange to continue running the geese farm but was also looking for a new project. His lifelong ambition was to run 10,000 sheep at the back of Bourke but he has instead invested his time and passion into one of the region’s most successful biodynamic vineyards. Justin completed a degree in Systems Agriculture, which was based on Holistic Agriculture and which was ground breaking in its time. The degree prepared Justin for his future career path, and coupled with his interest in organics and biodynamics it has according to Justin “formulated the way I think and see the world”. As soon as they bought Springvale, a property just out of Orange on the Cargo Road, Justin & his wife Pip began contributing to the community in which they now lived. Justin worked for Landcare for three years as the Regional Coordinator. In Justin’s opinion: “This role demonstrated how the community could come together, along with how much destruction can be caused through mismanagement”. After buying Springvale, Pip and Justin carried out a full business plan, in which they were looking at growing apples, proteas or grapes; After some previous experience growing grapes in Young, Justin planted the vineyard. They went on to approach Southcorp who offered them a contract to grow grapes. The first grapes were planted in 1995 on his dad’s property called Coolepark. During that time, Justin also started the...
Rex D’Aquino from D’Aquino Group of Companies

Rex D’Aquino from D’Aquino Group of Companies

With a start in a tin shed in 1946, the founder of D’Aquino Bros Pty Ltd, Carmelo D’Aquino, produced six barrels of wine and started the first winemaking family in the Orange district. With a third generation D’Aquino and Roseworthy College graduate now running the company, Rex D’Aquino has continued to expand the business that now incorporates distillery, wholesale and contract bottling whilst remaining involved in the winemaking. The D’Aquino Group of Companies is diverse, with interests in almost all facets of the wine and spirits industry including winemaking, contract winemaking, blending, bottling and distilling. The company also operates the Highland Heritage Estate vineyard with restaurant and function facility, as well as retail outlets throughout country NSW. Highland Heritage Estate offers the complete wine and dine adventure for those looking to experience great food with local wines. You can enjoy a relaxing wine tasting at our cellar door or have a regionally inspired meal or function in our restaurant with spectacular views of the vineyard and surrounding hills. D’Aquinos is a co-owner of NILWA (National Independent Liquor Wholesalers Association) which has distribution outlets throughout Australia servicing over 14,000 customers. The head office and main warehouse of D’Aquino Group of Companies is situated in Orange NSW, Australia, which is approximately three hours west of Sydney. Find out more about D’Aquino Group of Companies and Highland Heritage Estate        ...